Parent pushback causes district to back off proposal for students to ride public buses

Parent pushback causes district to back off proposal for students to ride public buses

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Public Schools has backed off a proposal that would put some middle school students on Port Authority buses next year, according to a Facebook post.

The district was also suggesting that 159 students from Arlington K-8 would walk to school.

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Both changes were suggested because of a worsening bus driver shortage.

11 Investigates has been reporting on the driver shortage for two years, and now it's starting to affect the region's largest city.

District Leaders say they will be looking to adjust school start times to accomidate drivers on multiple routes. In some cases this could move the start of school by up to 20 minutes.

Additionally, some seventh and eighth grade students will be placed on Port Authority buses next school year.

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